How to make your own rum at home

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How to make your own rum at home

If you’re a rum lover you might be considering making your own, well you’re in the right place. Here’s a recipe that will allow you to make rum at home -  The easiest recipe you’ll find, with a bit of forward prep, some weird ingredients and a bit of investment you’ll be making rum at home in no time! The perfect way to spend national rum day!

What Is Needed to Make Rum at Home?

Recipe for a  23 L fermenter - 10% abv


  • Molasses – 3 litres
  • Brown Sugar – 2.5 kg
  • DAP ( Diammonium Phosphate) – 1 tsp
  • Bakers yeast – 1 pack or 10 grams


  • 20 L pot
  • Large stir stick (stainless steel)
  • 23 L fermenter ( food grade)
  • Digital thermometer
  • Pot or Reflux Still

How do I make rum?

  • Add the brown sugar, molasses, DAP and Citric acid into a large pot.
  • Top with 10 litres of hot water to the pot.
  • Stir until sugar and molasses dissolves fully
  • Keep on the hob until it’s at a rolling boil, at this point take off and leave to cool until it gets l to between 25 – 30 oC.
  • Pour into the fermenter and top with water between 25 – 30 degrees.
  • Use a digital thermometer to measure temperature
  • When it’s 25- 30 oC add a packet of yeast. (Be sure not to add the yeast any hotter or it will spoil).
  • Leave for 1 hour and stir.
  • Leave for 24 hrs and  stir again to aerate sugar wash
  • Let stand until the fermentation is complete. This usually takes approx  4 – 8 days depending on temperature.
  • Try to keep sugar wash between 20- 25 c while fermentation is underway. This is the ideal temp for the yeast.
  • Check to see if fermentation is complete after 4-8 days -  when you are no longer able to taste the sugar or when bubbles stop passing through the airlock.
  • Once fermentation is complete wait a couple of days and then transfer into another container.
  • Wait another couple of days and transfer it into the fermenter - this allows it to clear and removes most of the unfermentables left over.
  • At this point, you can consider adding flavour to your rum by oaking it or adding spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, dried fruit or maple syrup.
  • Strain into a bottle or container.
  • Once you’ve completed the above steps it’s time to enjoy!

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